Wolves Win Big Over Nationals
By Jay Harris
The Watertown Wolves and Coach Phil Esposito looked to continue their winning streak as they faced the Cornwall Nationals at the Watertown Municipal Arena. New Wolves on the roster included Scott Roy and Mykyta Sheptytsky. Despite the new additions, the Wolves were continuing to work with a shorter bench missing Jeremy Akeson, Dallas Ingram, and Brad Townsend who were all out due to injuries.
Kyle Powell and Justin Apcar-Blaszak set teammate Ryan Connolly up for a fast break to make the first goal of the game. Brett Liscomb set the lights off again for the Wolves with help of Zach Dymock and Kyle Powell. Mark Petaccio would build the Wolves' lead up to three goals with the help of Jesse Facchini and Kyle Powell. The lone penalty called was against Watertown's Nate O'Brien who spent two minutes in the box for delay of game.
The start of the second period was delayed due to an alarm being pulled. The delay did not slow the Wolves down. Petaccio would set the lights off again on assist from Scott Roy and Zach Dymock. Watertown killed Cornwall's power play from Scott Roy's hooking charge. Dan Chang would be served a cross checking penalty when he came to the defense of his net minder Ed Zdolshek. The one man down disadvantage could not keep the Wolves down. Justin Apcar-Blaszak and Brett Liscomb set up Jesse Facchini to make a short-handed goal in the 5-hole on Deslongchamps. The remaining five minutes of the period would have Paul Bourbeau Jr. defending Cornwall's net.
Cornwall denied the Wolves a shutout when MJ Graham tickled twine. Mark Petaccio responded with another goa earning a hat trick on the evening. Penalties by Shane Halaas and Kyle Powell would give the Nationals a 5-on-3 advantage. Jason Dolgy capitalized with a power play goal. Tensions reached a boiling point when Cornwall's Chris Cloutier and Watertown's Shane Halaas earned 10 minute misconducts. Daniel Chang chipped in a final goal for the Wolves to give them a 7-2 victory.
First star of the game went to Mark Petaccio. Ed Zdolshek earned the second star and Kyle Powell was honored the third star of the game. Watertown currently sits in 4th place in Federal Hockey League standings. The Wolves are back in action Saturday night against the Port Huron Prowlers. The game starts at 7:30 pm